On 16-17 September, His Majesty’s Marines participated in the Battle of Brandywine. This event was one of the highlights of the year for the Marines. This reenactment marked the 240th anniversary of the battle of Brandywine, the largest land battle of the American Revolution. Making the event even more significant was the fact that it took place at Sandy Hollow Park, in Birmingham Township, PA. Sandy Hollow was part of the actual battlefield where combat occurred on September 11, 1777. In fact, there is a memorial in the park to commemorate where General Marquis de Lafayette was wounded. It was an honor to camp on the site and march in the footsteps of the brave soldiers who fought there 240 years ago.
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Despite unseasonably hot weather, the Marines had a strong turnout at Brandywine.
Marines with the 4th Company Brigade of Guards
The township sponsors estimated the event brought in eight to ten thousand spectators to watch the action. Saturday’s battle followed started with the historic scenario of the American Army retreating from Birmingham Hill. The Marines, as part of the BritishBrigade, marched through a nearby horse farm, into and out of the adjoining woods, and spilled out into the open fields of Sandy Hollow. The field was filled with reforming American forces attempting to cover their retreat as best they could. Both sides exchanged fire and fought bravely through the heat, but the Americans were forced to withdraw in the face of a mass British bayonet charge. Yes, we fixed bayonets! His Majesty’s Marines fought exceptionally well as they personally captured a rebel cannon and flag.
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Sunday featured the dusk battle between Major General Greene facing off against the Fourth Brigade of Major General Agnew and some wayward Grenadiers, Lights and Jaegers. While it was hard to recreate the effect that nightfall had on the ending the fighting, suffice to say the army and Marines acquitted themselves well.
The weekend was great fun, and all members of His Majesty’s Marines were honored to participate in this fantastic anniversary reenactment!
Captain McGaughey riding Jack with Sam Grant riding Cincinnati